Downeast Boat Resource – Dimensions & History

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Designers, Dimensions and Builders

“History and Description of Hull Design” by Capt. Hal Oakes

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A.J. Enterprises  28,  Founded in 1985 by Alan Johnson

Located Winter Harbor, Maine

28  28 x 10-3 x 2-10 built down style hull, airex cored hulls and tops

Atlantic Boats26, 31, 35, 37, 38, 42, 48, 56 – Located on Flye Point in Brooklin, Maine. 1250+ hulls built since the 1970’s. Builders of Duffy & BHM boats.
26  26-3 x 9-6 x 2-10 built down, 50+ built since 1986
31  30-10 x 11-0 x 3-0 built down, Spencer Lincoln, 50+ built since 1983
35  35-0 x 11-10 x 3-3 built down, 370+ hulls since 1982
37  37-0 x 13-2 x 4-1 built down, Spencer Lincoln, 31+ built since 1999
38  38-6 x 14 x built down
42  42-1 x 14-7 x 4-6 built down, 100+ built since 1985
48  48-3 x 17-4 x 5-0 built down, Spencer Lincoln, 1990
56  Duffy by Royal Lowell
 

Albin Boats – 28, 32, 35, 35, 45, 48 – built by C&C Marine in Bristol, RI.

28 29-11 x 10-0 x 3-3 skeg keel, 1,000+ built

32 33-0 x 12-4 x 3-10 skeg keel
35 34-11 x 12-4 x 3-10 skeg keel
35 4-11 x 12-3 x 3-11 Command Bridge
45 44-4 x 16-0 x 3-11 Command Bridge
48 48-2 x 16-0 x 3-11, Command Bridge designed by Albin Marine Design Group

 

Alden Yachts – Founded by John G. Alden in 1909. Alden designs were built until 2008; 99 years of boat building.

Atlas Boat Works – 14, 21, 25 – Located in Cape Coral, Florida. Boats built with traditional lobster boat design.

Shallow Key 14 13-10 x 4-10, built down

Acadia 25   24-10 x 8-6 x 2-6, built down
Acadia 21   21-3 x 7-0 x 2-0, built down
Pompano 21   21-3 x 7-0x 2-0, built down
Acadia 21E   21-3 x 7-0 x 20″ built down

BHM or Bass Harbor Marine – Bought out by Atlantic Boat Company. Designs by Spencer Lincoln
Blue Seas Marine 31′ 33′ – Designs by Royal Lowell

Semi-displacement, built down hull, moderate bow flare. Solid fiberglass hull, balsa cored deck and superstructure. Sedan and Flying bridge models

31 x 11-6 x 3-5
33 x 11-6 x 3-0


C.W. Hood 26, 30, 32, 42, 50
Custom, Fiberglass and Wood. C.W. Hood (Now building Jarvis Newman boats 30′ to 46′)
CW Hood 32 32-5 x 6-11 x 4-0, shallow draft lead keel
CW Hood 43 42-10 x 13-11 x 3-0, deep V hull
CW Hood 50 50-9 x 17-1 x 3-5
Wasque 26 26-0 x 8-6 x 2-3
Katama 30 30-0 x 11-0 x 21″
 

Calvin Beal Boats – 28, 34, 36, 38, 44 – Hull and Top designs by Calvin Beal. Models are all skeg type hull, Solid or cored hulls 125+ built

28 Built to order

34 34-0 x 13-0 x 3-10

36 36-0 x 13-9 x 4-0
38 38-9 x 15-0 x 4-2
44 44-0 x 17-6

 

Crowley Beal Boats – 23, 28, 33, 36 – Hulls and Tops designed by Calvin Beal. Solid fiberglass hulls

23 23-0 x 10-6 x 2-4

28 28-0 x 11-0 x 3-0

33 33-0 x 12-5 x 3-6

36 36-0 x 12-0 x 3-5


Osmond Beal
(see H&H Marine)
 

Willis Beal (see RP Boats) – Some molds lost in a fire in 2010

 

Wayne Beal Boats – 28, 34, 36, 40, 46 Hulls and tops were designed by Calvin Beal for his brother Wayne. Solid glass or cored hulls

28 28-0 x 10-0 x 3-3

34 34-0 x 13-0 x 3-10

36 36-0 x 13-2 x 4-0

40 40-8 x 15-8 x

46 46-0 x 17-6 x


Back Cove Yachts – 26, 29, 30, 34, 37 –
Built in Rockland, Maine by 100 of Maine’s finest boat builders.
26 26-6 x 9-4 x 2-6
29 29-5 x 10-5 x 2-6 – Deep-Vee hull
30 30-6 x 11-2 x 2-6 – Deep-Vee hull
34 34-4 x 12-0 x 3-1
37 38-0 x 13-0 x 3-3
 

Bristol Harbor – 19, 21 – Designed by Greg Beers, Cory Wood and Andrew Tyska since 1995
Bristol Harbor 19CC   19-3 x 8-5 x 14″
Bristol Harbor 21CC  21-3 x 8-5 x 14″


Bruckmann Yachts – 29, 34, 36 –
200+ built
Bluestar 29.9   29-9 x 11-2 x 2-3 core cell cored fiberglass
Bruckmann 34E Express Cruiser  34-0 x 12-5 x 3-6
Designed and built by Mark Bruckmann and Mark Ellis
Bruckmann 36.6  36-6 x 13-2 x 32″ core-cell cored fiberglass
 

Bruno and Stillman – 35, 42, 55, 80 – Designs by Royal Lowell. Solid fiberglass or balsa cored hulls

35 35-0 x 11-8 x 3-6

42 42-0 x 13-8 x 4-0

55 55-0 x

80 Reported several built

 

Cape Dory – 24, 28, 30, 33, 36, 40, 42 – Founded in 1963 by Andrew Vavolotis in East Taunton, Mass.Designed by Clive M. Dent

24  24-0 x 8-0 x 2-7Cruising Trawler, Full displacement, Positive foam floatation, 17 built 1982-1985

28  27-11 x 9-11 x 2-11 Semi-displacement, full keel, 223 built 1984-1990

30  30-3 x 12-0 x 2-10 Semi-displacement, Twin engine, 15 built 1989 – 1990
33
 33-0 x 12-2 x 2-11

36  36-0 x 13-6 x 3-6

40  40-0 x 13-10 x 3-9
42  420 x 13-8 x 4 by Royal Lowell

 

Coastal- 24, 27

24 24-6 x 9-6 x 2-0 full keel with skeg

27 27-0 x 9-10 x 3-0 full keel

 

Duffy and Duffy – (see Atlantic Boats)


Dyer Boats- 7-12, 29, 40 –
Founded by Bill Dyer (The Anchorage, Inc.) in 1930. Manufactured for over 40 years
29  28-5 x 9-5 x 2-5  Over 400 built
40  39-7 x 12-5 x 3-0  Over 300 built
 

DMR – 44, 56, 65 –

44 44-0 x 15-8 x 6-0

56 56-0 x 16-0 x 9-7 – Designed by Royal Lowell

65 65-0 x 20-0 x 6-5


Flowers Boat Shop –
Designs by Calvin Beal, modifications and new designs by Ken Flower. New Line now called East Coast in sizes 28, 30, 33, 36, 38 and 44
 

Flye Point – 32, by Spencer Lincoln. Absorbed by Atlantic Boat

32        31-9 x 11-5 x 3-6


Fortier – 26, 30, 33, 40 –
400+ boats built, Designed by Eldridge-McInnis
26        26-9 x 10-0 x 30″ Foam Core hull, full-molded keel & skeg
30        30-0 x 11-0 x 30″ Foam Core hull, full-molded keel
33        33-6 x 11-8 x 2-8 Foam Core hull, full-molded keel
40        Coming Soon…

F
ive Islands – 35 – Formerly the 35 Bruno and Stillman. Design by Royal Lowell35        35-0 x 12-6 x 4-0
General Marine – 20, 22, 26, 36 – Located in Biddeford, Maine.

Bluewater 20         20-1 x 8-6 x 14″

Bluewater 22         22-0 x 9-0 x 12″

Bluewater 26         26-4 x 9-6 x 30″

General Marine 36 – Many Options Available

 

H&H Marine25, 27, 29, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 47 – Hulls and tops were designed by Osmond Beal, brother to Calvin Beal. Started in 1984.  All models are skeg-style hull type.

Osmond 25        25-6 x 10-5 x 3-0

Osmond 27        27-0 x 10-5 x 3-0

Osmond 29        29-8 x 10-8 x 3-6

Osmond 32        32-2 x 11-3 x 3-4

Osmond 34        34-8 x 13-3 x 4-3

Osmond 35        35-11 x 12-8 x 3-6

Osmond 36        36-8 x 13-3 x 4-4

Osmond 37        37-6 x 12-8 x 3-6

Osmond 38        38-4 x 14-10 x 4-2

Osmond 40        40-0 x 14-10 x 4-2

Osmond 42        42-0 x 15-3 x 4-8

Osmond 47        47-4 x 19-2 x 5-4

 

Harris – 28, 36, 38

28        28-0 x 10-5 x 3.5″

36        36-0 x 12-0 x 3-0

38        38-0 x 12-0 x 3-5

35 and 36 by Royal Lowell

 

Henriques – 28, 30, 35, 38, 42, 50 – all solid fiberglass bottoms. Designed & Founded by Jack Henriques

28 Express        28-2 x 10-2 x 2-11

30 Express        30-0 x 12-0 x 3-0

35 Express        35-0 x 13-0 x 3-6

38 El Bravo       38-0 x  13-10

42 Express        42-0 x 14-9 x 3-7

50 Express        55-0 x 16-6

 

 Holland’s Boat Shop – 14, 32, 28  – Hulls, Tops and Finishing by Glen Holland.  Designs by Royal Lowell

14        14-0 x 6-2

32        32-1 x 10-6 x 3-3           Designed by Royal Lowell & Glen Holland

38        38-0 x 12-10 x 4-1

 

Hinckley – 29, 34, 36, 38, 40, 44, 48, 55 – Since 1928 in Southwest Harbor, Maine

29C                 29-2 x 9-1 x 1-9

29R                 29-2 x 9-1 x 1-9

T34                 34-3 x 11-0 x 22″

36MKIII         36-11 x 11-3 x 2-1

38R                 38-0 x 11-0 x 2-3

40 MKII         40-1 x 12-5 x 2-3

44MKII MY   44-0 x 13-6 x 2-4

44MKII FB    44-0 x 13-6 x 2-4

48 MKII MY  51-6 x 15-5 x 2-7

55MKII MY   55-3 x 17-9 x 2-11

55MKII FB    55-3 x 17-9 x 2-11

 

Hunt Yachts – 25, 29. 33, 36, 44, 52, 68 – Designed by C. Raymond Hunt

Surfhunter 25        25-0 x 9-0

Harrier 25              25-0 x 9-0 x 1-6/3-0

Harrier 29              29-6 x 10-6 x 1-6/3-0

Surfhunter 29        29-6 x 10-6 x 1-8/3-0

Surfhunter 33        33-0 x 11-4 x 1-6/3-0

Harrier 36              36-6 x 11-4 x 1-10/3-0

Hunt 44 Express    44-3 x 14-6 x 2-9

Hunt 52                  53-3 x 15-8 x 4-8

Hunt 68 Express    68.5-0 x 19-6 x 5′-4.5

 

 

JC- 26, 27, 28, 31, 35, 40 Over 340 boats built since 1975. By JC Boat Sales, Nashua, NH, now out of business

Models: Chesapeake Work Boat, Basic Work Boat, Provincetown (sportfish) and Casco Bay (flybridge cruiser) Bass Boat and Center Console
26        26 x 10-0 x 2-10

27        28 X 10-6 X 2-6

28        28-0 X 10-6 X 2-6

31        31-0 x 11-2 x 3-0

35        34-9 x 12-0 x 3-7

 

 

Johns Bay Boats(Custom Wooden Boats) – Peter Kass, designer/builder. Considered finest wooden boat builder in Maine

24        24-0 x 8-8 x 2-64

42 or custom length

 

Judge Yachts – 19, 22, 24, 27, 32, 34, 35, 37, 42, Custom – Located in Denton, Maryland.

19                              19-0 x 7-6 x 10″

22                              22-0 x 8-6 x 12″

24                              24-4 x 8-10 x 15″

27                              27-0 x 8-6 x 18″

32                              31-6 x 11-6 x 3-3

34 Express                35-0 x 12-2 x 36″

35 Express                35-0 x 12-2 x 36″

36 Chesapeake          36-0 x 12-0 x 29″

37 Oxford                 37-0 x 12-0 x 29″

42                              42-4 x 15-8 x 3-8

 

Lash Brothers – Built by Nautilus Marine Fabrication, Inc. in Trenton, Maine

 

Legacy Yachts – 32, 34, 40 –

32        32-0 x 12-4 x 3-10

34        34-0 x 12-5 x 3-6

42        42-0 x 13-7 x 4-6

 

Lowell Brothers – 22, 24, 26, 36, 38, 43, Custom – Designs by Carroll Lowell (father of Joe and Jamie Lowell) Royal Lowell (Uncle of Joe and Jamie) Brothers Jamie and Joe Lowell – Even Keel Marine

Lowell 22        21-9 x 7-10 x 1-9 -Designed by Royal Lowell for Sisu (Formerly the Sisu 22)

Lowell 26        25-10 x 9-11 x 3′ – Designed by Royal Lowell for Sisu

Lowell 38        38-9 x 13-1 x 4′

Lowell 43        43-0 x 15-0 x 5′ – built down, Designed by Carroll Lowell in 1997

 

Ernest “Nernie” Libby Jr. (1935-2012)  and Sons -34, 38 Great Wass Island, Beals, Maine

Hulls and tops Ernest Libby design – Designs for Young Brothers Boats, Corea, Maine

 

Norman Libby (son of Ernest Libby Jr.) and Son – 41 – Hull and top designed by Ernest Libby Jr.

 

MDI or Mount Desert Island Boatworks – 30, 32, 37, 45  – by Ernest Libby Jr. Great Wass Island, Beals, Maine

30        30-1 x 11-1 x 3-2

32        32-0 x 11-0

37        37-7 x 13-3 x 3-10

45        45-0 x 15-3 x 4-7

 

MJM – 29, 34, 36, 40 – Founded by Bob Johnstone in 2002. Skeg style hulls

29z        32-6 x 10-2 x 16″

34z        37-4 x 11-0 x 28″

36z        39-3 x 11-0 x 2-5

40z        44-2 x 12-0 x 3-3

 

 

Mainship – 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 47 – All have skeg style hulls

30        33-1 x 10–3 x 2-6

31        33-3 x 11-10 x 2-10

34        34-0 x 11-11 x 2-10

35        34-11 x 12-8 x 2-10

36        36-2 x 13-0 x 2-2

37        39-6 x 13-5 x 3-7

39        39-2 x 14-11 x 3-4

40        41-4 x 14-2 x 3-8

41        40-11 x 14-5 x 3-6

43        47-9 x 15-6 x 3-8

45        47-9 x 15-6 x 3-8

47        46-10 x 15-5 x 3-10

 

Mariner Yachts – 31, 32, 35, 36, 40 – Founded & designed by Clair Oberly in 1957 in Yokosuka, Japan as Far East Yachts.

31        30-10 x 9-9 x 3-8

32        31-10 x 9-9 x 3-8

35        34-6 x 10-3 x 5-0

36        35-10 x 11-0 x 5-0

40        40-4 x 11-5 x 5-8

 

 

Mitchell Cove – 20, 32, 35, 37 – Designed by Calvin Beal Jr. Bare hull kits available, or finished to any stage.

20       20-3 x 9-2

32       32-0 x 12-0

35       35-0 x 13-1

37       37-0 x 13-1

 

Morgan Bay Boat Company- 22, 32, 38, 42 (Custom) – Established in 1993. Owned by Gerald Kief

22        22-0 x 8-6 x 2-4

32        32-0 x 12-0

38        38-0 x 13-6 x 3-8

42        42-0 x 14-6 x 4-11

 

Muscle Ridge 28, 42

28         28-0 Designed by Calvin Beal, Built to Order

42         42-0 x 14-9 x 4-11 – built down, Built to order

 

 

Nauset – 25, 28, 33, 36, 42 Custom – Built by Nauset Marine in Orleans, MA.

25        24-9 x 10-0 x 24″

28        28-0 x 10-8 x 33″

33        33-0 x 12-2 x 3-6

36        36-0 x 12-6 x 3-2

42        42-0 x 14-5 x 4-5

 

Northern Bay – 36, 38 – Designed by Spencer Lincoln

36        36-0 x 12-8 x 3-6

38        38-0 x 13-6 x 5-0  can be lengthened to 40-0

 

North Shore – 22 (from one of the 3 different molds for the 22 Sisu)  

22        22-0 x 8-4 x 24″

 

Jarvis Newman- 30, 32, 36, 38, 46 – Originally built in Maine, now being built by C.W. Hood Yachts

30        30-0 x 10-6

32        32-0 x 11-0 x 3-6

36        36-0 x 11-0 x 3-4

38        38-0 x 13-6 x 4-9

46        46-0 x 15-0 x 4-6

 

OEM or Otis Enterprises Marine – 42, Custom – Started by Keith Otis in 1979. 87 boats have been produced.

42        42-0 x 14-0 x 4-8

 

Padebco21, 23, 27, 29, 32, Custom – Owned & built by Bruce Cunningham for over 40 years.

21        21-6 x 8-6 x 13″

23        23-6 x 8-6 x 13″

27        27-0 x 10-0 x 38″

29        29-0 x 10-0 x 28″

32        32-1 x 11-6 x 3-8

 

Parker – 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 34  – Building since the late 1960’s. All solid glass hulls.

18        18-0 x 7-6 x 7″

21        21-0 x 8-6 x 10″

23        23-0 x 8-6 x 15″

25        25-4 x 9-6 x 15″

28        27-4 x 9-6 x 17″

34        34-0 x 11-8 x 24″

 

Pemaquid Harbor Yachts – Designs by Spencer Lincoln and John Cousens
Custom style Bass, Lobster Cruisers and Center Consoles
10
       Traditional tender
22        22 x 8-4 x 2-0
26        26-4 x 10-6 x 2-6
29        29-4 x 10-6 x 3-0

 

Pettegrow/ Pilot Cove – 26 – Built & Designed by Mac Pettegrow

26 Pilot Cove         26-0 x 9-6 x 3-0

 

Pilots Point – 36, 42

36        36-0 x 12-8 x 3-6

42        42-0 x 15-0

 

Portsmouth – 30 – Designed by Royal Lowell

30        30-0 x 10-6 x 3-0

 

RP Boats 31, 32, 35, 40 – Hulls and tops were designed by Willis Beal

31        31-0 x 12-0 x 3-0

32        32-0 x 11-3 x 3-3

35        35-0 x 13-6 x 3-6

40        40-0 x 15-2 x 4-4

 

Repco – 30, 37

30        30-0 x 10-6 x 3-6

37        37-0 x 12-6 x 3-0

 

Robinhood33, 36, 40 – Custom Yachts since 1950

Cape Dory 33        33-6 x 10-3 x 4-10

Cape Dory 36        36-2 x 10-8 x 5-0

Cape Dory 40        40-0 x 12-7 x 6-0

 

ROS Boats -13,16, 24, 30 – Full keel & no keel designs.

13        13-0 x 60″

16        16-0 x 7-7 x 8″

24        24-0 x 8-4 x 18″

30        30-0 x 10-4

 

Sabre Yachts – 34, 36, 38, 42, 48, 54 – Building sail & motor yachts since 1970.

34        34-6 x 13-3 x 3-0

36        36-0 x 12-6 x 3-4

38        38-0 x 13-4

42        40-10 x 14-0

48        47-6 x 15-4

54        53-2 x 16-0

 

Seaway- 18, 21, 24, 27 – Founded by Harry Farmer in the 1970’s.

18        18-0 x 8-021        21-0 x 8-2

24        24-0 x 8-6 x 14″

27        26-11 x 10-0 x 38″

 

Seaworthy – 28 – formerly the 28′ BHM. New build available.

28        28-4 x 10-2

 

Sisu – 22, 26, 30 (See Lowell) – Designs by Royal Lowell

 

South Shore Boatworks – 15, 19, 25, Custom – Designed by Bob Fuller

Gurnet Point 15        15-4 x 4-4

Gurnet Point 19        19-6 x 4-4

Gurnet Point 25        25-6 x 8-6 x 2-6

 

T Jason Boats – 28, 35 – Calvin Beal and Terry Jason Designs

28        28-0 x 10-2 x 3-3

35        35-0 x 13-0 x 3-8

 

Vicem – 52, 54, 58, 67, 72, 75 – In 1991 Vicem introduced their classic downeast series. Built in Turkey.

52         55-3 x 14-9 x 4-3

54         58-0 x 16-7 x 5-0

58         64-0 x 17-5 x 4-9

67         71-0 x 18-4 x 5-7

72         76-9 x 18-5 x 5-7

75          80-4 x 18-9 x 5-8

 

Wasque (See CW Hood Yachts) –

 

Webbers Cove – 22, 24, 27, 34, 40 – Located in Blue Hill, Maine.22         22-0 x 8-4 x 2-0

24         24-0 x 8-4 x 2-0

26         26-0 x 10-6 x 2-8

27         27-0 x 10-6

34         34-0 x 11-0 x 3-7

40        40-0 x 13-6 x 5-0

 

Wesmac – 36, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54 (Custom) – Founded in 1984. hard chine, full keel, streamlined sternpost & skeg

36        36-8 x 12-8 x 4-2

38        38-8 x 12-8 x 4-2

42        42-3 x 14-6 x 4-11

46        46-0 x 14-6 x 4-11

50        50-0 x 17-6 x 6-0

54        54-0 x 17-6 x 6-0

 

West Bay Boats- 31, 37 – Hulls and tops designed by Richard Alley and Spencer Lincoln, refinements by C.W. Paine Yacht Design

31        31-0 x 10-10 x 3-3 – built down, semi displacement

37        37-0 built down – semi displacement

 

John Williams Boat Company – 26, 28, 36, 38, 39, 42, 44 – Founded by Jock Williams

Some Sound 26        25-10 x 9-2 x 3′ – semi displacement

Williams 28              28-0 x 9-6 x 2-11

Stanley 28                28-0 x 9-6 x 2-11 – skeg style

Stanley 36                35-8 x 12-2 x 3-6

Stanley 38                38-4 x 12-8 x 3-6

Stanley 42                42-0 x 14-2 x 5′

Stanley 44                44-7 x 14-8 x 5-6

 

Wilbur Yachts – 31, 34, 38, 42, 46, 61 (Custom from 28-70) – 200+ built since 1973. Located in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

31        30-9 x 12-0 x 3-3

34        34-4 x 12-0 x 3-8 – semi displacement

38        38-6 x 14-0 x 4-8 – semi displacement

42        42-0 x 13-3 x 4-6 – Hull based on the Wesmac 42

46        46-2 x 15-5 x 4-6 – Hull designed by Royal Lowell

61        61-0 x 17-0 x 5-2 – semi displacement

 

Young Brothers – 30, 33, 35, 38, 40, 42, 45 – Owned & Built by SW Boatworks. Hulls and Tops by Ernest Libby

30        30-0 x 10-0 x 32″

33        33-0 x 11-0 x 38″

35        35-10 x 12-6 x 38″

38        38-0 x 12-8 x 42″

40        40-0 x 13-6 x 46″

42        42-6 x 15-8 x 5′

45        45-0 x 15-0 x 5′

Canadian Boats

Atkinson – 24, 43 –

24        24-0 x 8-6 x 2-2

43        43-0 x 15-0 x 4-6

 

Cape Island BoatsCustom – built by Andy McGeoch & Cape Island Boats since 1985.

 

Daniels Head Boatbuilders – 34, 35, 39, 40, Custom – Have built over 153 hulls since 2005.

Hull #152        34-11 x 15-7

Hull #149        35-0 x 18-0

Hull #153        39-3 x 15-4

Hull #151        40-0 x 16-6

 

Dixon Marine – 42, 45, 50, Custom – Models can be modified in length and width, Hulls & Tops.

42        42-0 x 15-4 x 4-5 – the original Osmond Beal design owned by Dixon Marine since 1993.

45        45-0 x 16-8 – semi-planing hull

50        50-0 x 21-0 – traditional full displacement

 

Magna Marine – 35, 40, 44, 45

35        35-0 x 13-9 x 3-0

40        40-0 x 12-0 x 3-6

44        44-0 x 14-6 x 4-0

45        45-0

 

 

 

Wedgeport – 34, 37, 39, 42, 43, 44, 49, Custom – Over 60 years of boat building experience.

Commonly built hull sizes:

34        34-11 x 14-6

34        34-11 x 15-0

37        37-0 x 15-0

39        39-11 x 16-0

39        39-11 x 17-6

42        42-0 x 15-0

42        42-0 x 16-0

42        42-0 x 17-6

43        43-6 x 16-6

43        43-6 x 18-0

44        44-11 x 16-0

44        44-11 x 17-6

44        44-11 x 18-6 x

44        44-11 x 19-6

44        44-11 x 20-23

49        49-11 x 20-23

 

Bay of Fundy Boatbuilders  – 2626         26-0 x 9.5-0 x 9″

Wooden Boat Builders


J.O. Brown & Sons, North Haven

 

Bunker & Ellis – 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40 – All semi-displacement hulls. Started by Ralph Ellis & Raymond Bunker

20        20-2 x 7-6 x 11″- Designed by Ralph Ellis

24        24-4 x 8-6 x 2-4 – Designed by Ralph Ellis

28        28-4 x 9-4 x 3-0 – Designed by Ralph Ellis

32        32-1 x 11-9 x 3-9

36        40-5 x 13-2 x 3-10

40        44-5 x 13-2 x 4-3 – Designed by Don Ellis

 

Herbert Baum – 36, 37, 44

36        36-0 x 10-4 x 3-10

37        37-0

44        44-0

 

Carroll Lowell – 40, 41, 43

40        40-0 x 14-0 x 4-0

41        41-0 x 13-3 x 4-5

43        43-0

 

Darryl Lamb – Custom

 

Herbert Rich – 36 – Wooden boat builder

36        36-0 x 10-9 x 3-7

 

Robert Rich – 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 42  – Built & Designed by Robert Rich

31        30-9 x 9-6 x 2-10

32        32-0 x 10-0 x 3-0

34        34-0 x 13-0 x 3-6

36        36-0 x 12-0 x 4-0

42        45-0 x 13-8 x 4-6

 

Joel White Boats – 34, 50 – Founded Brooklin Boat Yard in 1960 in Brooklin, ME.

34       34-0 x 10-6 x 3-6

50       50-0 x 15-0 x 5-6

 

 

Kenneth L. Smith – 43, Custom43        41-0 x 13-6 x 3-10

 

Phil Bolger – 1818        18-0 x 7-0

 

Gus Skoog – 32   – Reported to have built 110 boats out of Vinalhaven, ME.

32         32-0 x 10-0 x 3-0

 

Chesapeake Deadrise (also known as Downeast) – 42, 46, 48 – Design developed around 1880.

42        42-0 x 14-0 x 4-0

46        46-0 x 13-5

48        48-0 x 17-0 x 4-0

Compliments of Midcoast Yacht & Ship Brokerage, Tenants Harbor, Maine.

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History of Lobster Boat Design – The Downeast lobster boat really came into being with the introduction of the Make and Break engines and the transition from sail and oar to power at the turn of the 20th Century. Maine boat builders took note of the early wooden power boats incorporating the higher powered motor car gasoline engines as seen in Motor Boat Magazine and other periodicals at the end of WWI. Will Frost of Jonesport, Maine in the 1920’s with his designs for working motor boats may be more responsible than any other designer for the present day lobster boat. The Downeast design came to incorporate a fine bow entry, generous deadrise amidships, and then a flattening out toward the stern, having a full length keel and large amount of cockpit or deck space. Today, the single engine Downeast Lobster boat is recognized as an efficient and able design.

Modern Downeast boats are typically designed with hulls that are semi-displacement, or “semi-planing.” This hull type is capable of developing a moderate amount of hydrodynamic lift due to it’s underwater shape, however, most of the boat’s weight is still supported through buoyancy with typical power applications. When at rest, the vessel’s weight is supported by buoyancy equal to the vessel’s weight. At low speeds, most hulls act as displacement hulls where buoyancy is the predominant supporting force. As speed increases, there is an increase in hydrodynamic lift, buoyant support will decrease as the hull is lifted out of the water. At the same time the volume of water that the vessel displaced is decreased. When lift is the predominant upward force, the hull is considered to be planing. Downeast type hulls make use of this planing or semi-planing effect with the shape of their hulls where a flatter section with low dead rise is incorporated in the after section of the hull providing a means to transition from displacement speed to semi-displacement or semi-planing speeds. Speed is now a function of power to weight ratios. Shape of hull, lifting rails, angle of drive train force, and trim tabs will determine vessel longitudinal angle to the water and its ability to lift and increase speed.

In the past few decades the trend has been to build boats with more beam than the traditional 3-1 length to beam ratio. A wider flatter section aft of amidships will provide additional buoyancy for the weight of larger engines and payload. At all speeds the fine entry and generous dead rise forward of amidships can provide a sea kindly ride by reducing pounding in most sea conditions. The long un-ballasted keel provides a steadying effect in a seaway in addition to protecting the running gear when grounded. Some designs incorporate a ballasted keel where a section of the keel is compartmentalized and allowed to flood (water ballast) to provide additional stability with a lower center of gravity. This is especially useful in lower speed vessels that are kept offshore in heavier weather that benefit from an increased righting moment.

Downeast hull types are typically described as being either “built down” or “skeg built.” (the keel being referred to as the skeg) In the built down type, the shape of the hull forms a graceful reverse curve with considerable dead rise forward and greatly reduced moving aft. The interior of the hull amidships is full and deep allowing the engine to be placed lower in the bilge with a more horizontal drive line. With skeg built boats, the hull is shallower amidships with a flatter bottom and a vertical keel at near right angles to the hull fully aft.This hull shape is capable of higher speeds from semi-displacement to planing with an increase in power. Typically the bow is elevated slightly and a softer ride is provided. In following seas which can be the most difficult to steer in, the long keel will track well and the large rudder will provide plenty of grip on the slip stream in either type.

Other variants of the Downeast hull are found in the chine (the transition point from the top of the deadrise to hull side.) Deadrise is the angle of the hull at various points to vertical. The steeper the dead rise angle, the softer the ride. The chine in most traditional boats are softened or rounded. This make a very smooth and pleasing looking transition at the waterline. These boats typically have a slower and more comfortable roll moment or roll. Some boats have been designed with a hard chine or sharp angle where the hull side transitions to the underbody. This creates extra buoyancy and has the effect of producing less roll under way. The roll moment (roll period) is a little quicker in a hard chine boat but works very well in the Downeast design such as the Wesmac line of boats. The chine can also be used to create extra lift from amidships aft, lifting the hull slightly and allowing for greater speed with the same amount of power. Spray rails applied forward and then running aft down the slip stream, under the water line to the stern will produce the same desired effect.

Downeast boats are typically built with a single engine, gas or diesel inboard, and both have their benefits. A few Downeast boats have been fitted with twin engines but that is rare except for the modern high speed twins such as the Little Harbor. The major benefits of a single engine boat are the full length keel with center line drive and good protection of the prop and rudder in addition to the reduced expense of upkeep and efficiency with single engine operation . Cruise speeds range from displacement speed with low power to well over 20 knots cruise and higher depending on weight to power ratios. The 30′ Duffy configured to race, reached a top speed of 70 mph.

Maneuvering a Downeast boat in tight quarters and docking takes a bit of practice like any other single engine boat. With a starboard helm, the propeller is typically left hand turning in forward which will pull the stern to the right in reverse (when not making way.) This is known as prop walk.

This is a general introduction to most of the Downeast Boat designers and builders. We encourage the correction, enhancement and addition to this information on any Downeast design. Our goal is to make this an accurate source of  information on Downeast lobster boats and yachts.

© Capt. Hal Oakes, Pres., Midcoast Yacht & Ship Brokerage

 

 

 

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